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  • Series: North American Religions
  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814723721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814723722
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a lucid, insightful and persuasive publication.  Making the most of fragmentary evidence, Chaberlain weaves a compelling and ingenious narrative that challenges the centuries-old myth about Elizabeth Tuttle.  This work is an especially necessary corrective to the cottage industry that has generated extensive scholarship on and about Jonathan Edwards over the last several decades; one which tends to focus more often on this minister's theology and ethics than on the social and historical circumstances of his family life....This book will ensure that historical context, family dynamics and gender relations are essential aspects of the Edwardsian legacy."-Janet Moore Lindman,Women's History Review

"Ava Chamberlain's The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle: Marriage, Murder, and Madness in the Family of Jonathan Edwards is an excellent example of just how interesting and worthwhile a microhistorical study can be if done well."- Philobiblios

"This fascinating revision of the tragic story of Jonathan Edwards' 'crazy grandmother' is one of the most important books in Edwards studies in many years. This book is a must reading for Edwards scholars, historians of gender, sex, power, and mental illness in America, and anyone else interested in New England cultural history."-Sweeney's Booknotes

"This book will be very valuable for those studying early American history, sociology, and religion."-Choice

"Chamberlain's book is a powerful, useful, and smart work of history."-H-Net

"The overall result is inspiring. At the very least, her monograph should be appreciated as a foil to the plentiful trade books that roll off the presses each year which show little or no interaction with manuscripts and primary sources, and simply repackage the same stories in a different style of prose."-CHURCH HISTORY

"Scholarly and careful, Chamberlain tells a vivid story about how history itself is constructed according to each era's own desires."-Boston Sunday Globe

“For any scholar thinking through the challenges of working with incomplete, inconclusive, or absent archives, the book is both a model and a small triumph.”-Jordan Alexander Stein,Early American Literature

"Ava Chamberlain has constructed an amazing little book using shards, simple ingenuity, and adroitly focused scholarship upending a 300 year old myth about Elizabeth Tuttle, the allegedly crazed, sex-starved, divorced grandmother of the great eighteenth-century Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards. Chamberlain recovers a woman who exemplified the tragedy of a failed marriage in a society that, disastrously for Tuttle, saw poisonous accusation as the only way to explain common human foibles. That Tuttle's painful saga opened the way for the careers of both Jonathan Edwards and his father Timothy is only one of the ironies exposed by Chamberlain's ingenious book."
-Jon Butler,Yale University

"In Ava Chamberlain's new book [...] she produces a groundbreaking microhistory that is inspiring in its meticulous research. [Her] book is inspiring."-Exploring the Study of Religious History

"Recovering a lost chapter of early American intellectual and religious history, Chamberlain reveals not a harridan but a woman whose life was ruined by wrong choices and inconsolable griefs."-Publishers Weekly

"Chamberlain (religion, Wright State Univ.), an expert on religion in Colonial America, beautifully displays her expertise in this microhistory about Puritan goodwife Elizabeth Tuttle, the paternal grandmother of theologian Jonathan Edwards...Chamberlain paints a more human and sympathetic portrait. She condenses an immense amount of information into a relatively short book, with extensive notes showcasing the depth of research. The lack of a written record by Tuttle herself is a drawback, but Chamberlain uses the many other primary sources surrounding Tuttle’s life to flesh out the narrative. This is a lovely book that will appeal to all readers intrigued by American history, women’s history, gender studies, or religious studies."-Library Journal

The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle is a pleasure to read. Its compact size, clear and graceful prose, and layered insights into the enduring nature of American attitudes toward gender and family would make it easily adaptable for classroom use.”-Michelle Marchetti Coughlin,The New England Quarterly

"Long before there was Lizzie Borden, there were ax murders, insanity, and torn families in New England. No one has tackled the issues of domestic violence, divorce, murder, and madness in colonial New England in the masterly way that Chamberlain does in this historical detective story. The saga of Elizabeth Tuttle and her extended family sheds a light on the sometimes unpleasant realities of a romanticized past. At every turn, the author grounds the individual tragedies of Elizabeth and her families in the rich context of early modern Anglo-American society, drawing meaning from individual events. Anyone interested in seriously confronting the true past behind Elizabeth's grandson Jonathan Edwards, America's most influential religious figure, must come to grips with this revealing study."-Kenneth P. Minkema,Executive Editor, Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University

"With indefatigable thoroughness, lucid prose, and a clear eye for interpersonal dynamics embedded in court records, Ava Chamberlain has left no stone unturned in describing the tragic aspect of the Edwards family's history. Students of colonial New England will find this deep investigation into the life and legacy of Elizabeth Tuttle nothing less than enthralling." -Amanda Porterfield,Florida State University

“Chamberlain is sure-footed and imaginative as she scampers over the four centuries of the aftermath of a troubled life.”-Bruce C. Daniels,The Journal of American History

About the Author

Ava Chamberlain is Associate Professor of Religion at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is the editor of The “Miscellanies,” Nos. 501-832, vol. 18 of The Works of Jonathan Edwards.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Browne & Jon Jermey on March 28, 2013
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I found this book really interesting. I am descended from a sibling of Elizabeth, so it has special family interest for me. The author brought the times alive. A side interest is the exploration of the ways different writers (biographers of Jonathan Edwards) emphasised, omitted, or were wrong about Elizabeth's life. The organisation and indexing of documents helped bring the truth to light. It is primarily an academic book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Connelly on December 31, 2012
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Elizabeth Tuttle's tragic life embarrassed both her husband and her son. Her husband wanted a second marriage to younger, politically connected wife. Her clergyman son wanted respectability. Together, they erased nearly every trace of Elizabeth Tuttle's life.

Ava Chamberlain took the fragments of her story, and researched the lives of the intertwined Edwards and Tuttle families. The results are a fascinating story of people leading complicated, conflicted lives in puritan New England. Ava Chamberlain's skill as a historian and as a storyteller make Elizabeth Tuttle's centuries long silence more eloquent than her famous grandson's sermons.

Anyone who loves American literature or American history will be drawn to this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Hobson on June 23, 2013
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Great job of research and terrific job of depicting seventeenth century Puritan life. And Elizabeth Tuttle, in her way, is a remarkable figure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stella Mather on April 24, 2013
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The famous "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Minister Jonathan Edwards had a mad grandmother, a fratricidal Uncle and an Aunt who killed her teenage son. But there is more to the story than the strain of violence and depression, there is a portrait of "self-made" American men who easily blamed the victims and moved on to prosperity once the inconvenient women were left behind.

From early English settlers in Hartford and New Haven to budding American revolutionaries at Princeton University and Litchfield, CT, including Edwards' infamous descendant Aaron Burr, Ava Chamberlain has uncovered a complicated American past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SKL on December 12, 2012
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The book explores life in New England puritan communities in the 1600's through the thrilling and tragic story of Elizabeth Tuttle, grandmother of Jonathan Edwards. It is a detailed, scholarly book that tells a compelling and tragic story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William B. Irvine on July 29, 2013
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This book will be of interest, of course, to historians and scholars, but it is also a worthwhile read for those with an interest in the transformation of American values and culture in the last 350 years. The early English settlers can charitably be described as religious zealots. In the time of Elizabeth Tuttle, there was no such thing as separation of church and state. Indeed, to play a significant role in the community, it was essential that one be a significant member of a church.

We live in an age in which people take considerable pride in their reluctance to judge others. In Tuttle's day, people were not only judged, but in accordance with very high standards. To be an "adult" in a community, you had to prove yourself worthy by your deeds. Among the valued qualities: maturity, rationality, responsibility, and self-control. Thus, before getting married, a man had to establish his financial ability to provide for a family.

Was it all this enforced conformity that lead to Tuttle's axe murder and (spoiler alert!) the other brutal murders that took place in New England in the late seventeenth century? Perhaps, but it is worth noting that the crime rate in Tuttle's time was a fraction of that in, say, thoroughly non-conformist modern Chicago.

In conclusion, this book, besides introducing readers to the notorious Elizabeth Tuttle, will remind them of what an astonishingly different place America used to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john Tuttle on February 10, 2014
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Excellently researched account of the life and family of Elizabeth Tutttle from a religious viewpoint, considering the ancestry of Jonathan Edwards, American theologian. Conjecture is based on historical data. Enjoyed the history of the three brothers that came from England. A must buy for a Tuttle relative.
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